Micke Grove Zoo

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Micke Grove Zoo
Date opened1957[1]
LocationLodi, California, United States
Coordinates38°04′45″N 121°16′19″W / 38.07917°N 121.27194°W / 38.07917; -121.27194Coordinates: 38°04′45″N 121°16′19″W / 38.07917°N 121.27194°W / 38.07917; -121.27194
Land area5 acres (2.0 ha)[2]

Micke Grove Zoo is a small 5-acre (2.0 ha) zoo that opened in 1957 in Lodi, California. It is located within Micke Grove Regional Park, which includes a Japanese garden, the San Joaquin Historical Museum, an amusement park, and picnic shelters and Frisbee golf.[2]


In 1938, the Micke family donated the 258-acre (104 ha) oak tree park to the county of San Joaquin. The zoo opened in 1957 and Ronald Theodore Reuther was its first curator.[1]

Currently, it is home to native animals and exotic species, some of which are endangered,[3] and was at one point the smallest zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.[4] However, the zoo lost its accreditation in April 2006 due to aging exhibits and cramped veterinarian space.[5] While the veterinarian space has been expanded and the department supported by the University of California at Davis Veterinary Teaching Hospital, many exhibits are still in need of expansion.


Included in the current collection are a variety of non-releasable raptors, tortoises, and a variety of lemurs,[3]. Many endangered primates and birds can also be found at the zoo, including parrots and tortoises from Madagascar.[6] As of 2014, a snow leopard has been added. Expansion originally planned in 2010 was to include Oriental small-clawed otters and an expanded snow leopard habitat, however construction was halted midway and it has been postponed until additional funding can be found.[7]

Micke Grove Zoo participates an international Species Survival Plan (SSP Program) to help ensure the survival of wildlife that are endangered or critically endangered in the wild. Micke Grove Zoo has made significant contributions to the SSP Program through captive breeding of Golden Lion Tamarin, Chilean Pudu, and Waldrapp Ibis.[citation needed]


Educational programs are funded with support of the Micke Grove Zoological Society.[8] Important school based programs include six weeks of private zoo camp offered for San Joaquin County students, five weeks of public zoo camp; Animal Discovery Tours, and off-site Zoo Mobile programs. Their most popular programs and events include Zoo After Dark, Zoo Tots, Toys for Critters, and HalloWILD.


  1. ^ a b Farrow, Ross (2007-11-26). "First director of Micke Grove Zoo dies". lodinews.com. Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  2. ^ a b "General Zoo Information". mgzoo.com. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  3. ^ a b Winkelman, Cheryl (2007-03-27). "Micke Grove works to save species". Oakland Tribune. Retrieved 2008-10-31.[dead link]
  4. ^ Kane, Greg (2006-03-16). "Zoo getting $2 million makeover". Recordnet.com. San Joaquin Media Group. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  5. ^ Kane, Greg (2007-03-26). "Lodi's Micke Grove celebrates 50 years with face-lift". Recordnet.com. San Joaquin Media Group. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  6. ^ "Micke Grove Zoo". San Joaquin County Parks and Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  7. ^ Farrow, Ross (2008-10-30). "Zoo expansion means snow leopards and river otters coming to Micke Grove in 2010". lodinews.com. Lodi News-Sentinel. Retrieved 2008-10-31.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Micke Grove Zoological Society". San Joaquin County Parks & Recreation. San Joaquin County. 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-31.[dead link]

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